National peanut clusters day
March 8th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

March 8 is National Peanut Clusters Day!

Peanut clusters are an ideal sweet-and-salty treat if you don’t want to make a mess. They’re simple to make to boot – you’re really just combining chocolate and peanuts.

Melting the chocolate is probably the hardest part as it requires patience. You have two viable options - the microwave or a double boiler. When microwaving chocolate, the key is small bursts of heat and to stir in between each burst. Think 10 seconds, stir, 10 seconds stir. It’s a bit tedious but the result is smooth, shiny, melted chocolate.

If you go the way of a double boiler, avoid getting water and escaping steam into your chocolate at all costs. Water causes chocolate to seize up and it isn’t pretty. To prevent this from happening. make sure the water in the pot under the bowl of the double boiler is hot, but not boiling.

Next come the peanuts. Roasted, salted ones are a nice complement to the bitter chocolate but it’s really up to you. You can even buy raw peanuts and roast them yourself. Roasting peanuts at home means you can add unexpected flavors, like chipotle or chili powder.

Once you’ve combined the melted chocolate and the peanuts, the nutty clusters need to set up. A parchment-lined baking sheet will do the trick; the parchment will ensure your clusters won’t stick to the pan. After a short stint in the fridge to cool, your clusters are ready to enjoy!

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